One thing educators hear often from students, parents and others in the education world is that too much instructional time is spent on prepping students for state exams and administering the tests. In response, the state has recently changed how the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams, or PSSAs, are administered, which will impact CV students in grades three through eight this year.
Since I announced my retirement in October, I have been asked on a number of occasions what advice I might offer to individuals considering a career in education during these challenging times. As l close my office door for the final time in June 2017 after 38 years in education, I can reflect on three pieces of advice to offer. Hopefully, they can help as people consider entering and remaining in this very rewarding, yet demanding profession.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to students and staff members involved in the middle school’s mentor program at their year-end breakfast. As I look back on my years at CV before I retire later this summer, I wanted to share some stories about my mentors and how they played an important role in shaping my life. I thought it would be appropriate to share my remarks to the mentors and mentees. Best wishes to all for a safe and rewarding summer!
With my approaching retirement in June after 19 years as Superintendent of Conestoga Valley School District, I am looking back on my three decades at CV with fond memories and some lessons learned. Having over 30 years in school administration, there are two lessons that stand out for me, especially as I moved from building to district roles.
Last Friday, we recognized three individuals as “Distinguished Alumni” of Conestoga Valley. It is fitting that this event often falls close to National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 -May 12), since the induction ceremony is a great reminder of the impact our teachers and staff have on the lives of our students, both when they are in school and years after.
Though state lawmakers are looking at reforming Pennsylvania’s charter school law, some of the current proposals miss the mark, especially when it comes to tackling the problems surrounding cyber charter schools. While a bill currently making its way through the legislature is a good starting point, what is truly needed is legislation that levels the playing field when it comes to these online-only schools’ accountability and funding.